The popularity of small living spaces is increasing due to environmental and economic considerations. As a result, more people are looking for ways to make their interior spaces appear and feel more spacious. Luckily, there are many attractive and easy ways to accomplish this goal. Here are some ways to use light in creative ways for a living space with a better feel.
There are so many beautiful mirrors to choose from, or you can even design your own! Well-placed mirrors reflect light and give the illusion of a larger space. While some limit mirrors to just bathrooms and bedrooms, living rooms and dining areas are great place to utilize multiple mirrors. You can try alternating art work with mirrors on both sides of a room for a sophisticated and artistic inspired look.
While curtains and Roman shades offer some control over light in your living spaces, they do not offer the level of control that shutters can. Stylish window shutters allow you to make slight or great adjustments to the light flowing into your home. This is important throughout different times of day, and in different seasons when light does not flow into your home at the same angles. There are many types of shutters available to match your décor. For a vintage or island look, wood shutters offer a lot of charm. For those that crave color you can order shutters to match your design style.
With many light fixtures there is no choice in the level of light offered; they are simply either on or off. If dimmer switches are installed on fixtures you can more easily adjust the level of light in various areas of your home. This can be more cost effective than buying different fixtures or bulbs.
If you have a piece of artwork or books that mean something to you, consider highlighting them with accent lighting. Adding light to often ignored vertical spaces can create the illusion of a larger room. It is up to you how much light you want to add, but some people light up entire walls for an even greater sense of space.
Keep your options open
Different types of lighting are nice to have depending upon what you are doing. Dinner-time lighting is likely different than the light you want when cleaning or doing detailed work. This means that having several lighting options can be the best choice. You might want a desk lamp for where you like to browse the internet, but a chandelier with a dimmer switch for when you are entertaining and want to create a different and more intimate atmosphere.
Choosing a color scheme that works with your lighting
Dark colors can make a space feel more enclosed and intimate, whereas lighter walls and colors can make a space feel more open and spacious. If you rent, then you might have little choice over what colors your walls are. However, choosing wall hangings and window treatments that are lighter in weight and color create the illusion of space.